Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) – Diana Gabaldon
Title: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Romance/Historical Fiction/Fantasy
I read the first book back in January of 2016 and loved it. I immediately plunged into the second book, but it took me three years to finally finish it. I have started and stopped the first two hundred pages ten times now. I kept checking it out from the library, but having forgotten what I read had to keep restarting. Finally, I broke down and bought the book, because I obviously needed to read at my own pace and not be rushed by library due dates.
Why did it take me so long? I’m not sure. As a self-confessed Scottish cultural nerd, one would think I’d have read the whole series by now. I like to read several books at one time, so perhaps it’s because this book was a huge time commitment. I prefer my books within the three hundred to four hundred page range and this was over nine hundred pages. And I’m not the fastest reader, especially when there is tons of detail.
I wasn’t sure the exact point of this story for most of the book. It seemed to be a rather long and drawn out political dinner party that didn’t seem to be going anywhere. And oh my lord, how many times do we need to talk about nipples! Claire’s nips were hard constantly. It was over the top and quite frankly unrealistic.
However, even though it was rather slow and inactive, I still enjoyed it. The characters are all lovable and even the villains have a certain repulsive draw. In addition, it’s an incredible historical journey.
I kept Googling the historic references so that I could fully embrace the story. Reading this series has helped me understand other Scottish themed entertainment that reference Scottish wars and political parties.
For example, I was watching reruns of Monarch of the Glen this past weekend. It was a popular family drama/BBC show that highlighted modern/fictional Lairds of Scotland. While watching it, I realized how much more I was understanding. While cast member Hector MacDonald played toy battles with his friend Kilwillie, I suddenly was able to follow along as they discussed the wars they wanted to reenact. These were conversations I previously ignored, but now I understand there cultural significance.
It is a slow climb through this series, but I am finding the journey worth it. I am learning history and loving how the characters are evolving. It might take me ten or fifteen years to finish the series, but I know I will keep plugging along. Gabaldon has created such a rich and vibrant tale that truly captures the imagination.
You can find the story on Amazon in many different formats. I went with the Mass Market Paperback because I’m a cheapskate.
Synopsis: With her classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters—Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful sequel to Outlander.
DRAGONFLY IN AMBER
For twenty years, Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to the mysteries of Scotland’s mist-shrouded Highlands.
Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as shocking as the events that gave it birth: the secret of an ancient circle of standing stones, the secret of a love that transcends centuries, and the truth of a man named Jamie Fraser—a Highland warrior whose gallantry once drew the young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his.
Claire’s spellbinding journey continues through the intrigue-ridden French court and the menace of Jacobite plots, to the Highlands of Scotland, through war and death in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves.